EGO CS2000 20-Inch Chainsaw Review

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Recently, I had the opportunity to test out the EGO CS2000, a 20-inch chainsaw that boasts a 56-volt battery platform and is pegged as the equivalent of a 55cc gas-powered chainsaw. Eager to see if it lived up to its claims, I took it out for a spin in my backyard where a large oak had recently fallen.

Specifications of EGO CS2000

  • Model: CS2000
  • Power Source: 56V battery
  • Bar Length: 20 inches
  • Chain Speed: 25 m/s
  • Recommended Battery: 6.0Ah (compatible with all EGO 56V batteries)
  • Chain Specs: 3/8-inch pitch, .050-inch gauge, 69 drive links
  • Oil Capacity: 250 ml
  • Safety Features: Auto and manual chain brakes
  • Weather Rating: IPX4
  • Display: Digital
  • Weight: 12.7 lbs
  • Warranty: 5 years for tool, 3 years for battery

Unboxing and Features

Straight out of the box, the CS2000 felt solid and well-built. The large steel bucking spikes caught my eye immediately—promising serious leverage and cutting power.

EGO CS2000 20-inch 56-volt cordless chainsaw displayed on a wooden surface, featuring a detached battery and guide bar alongside the main chainsaw unit, set against a natural backdrop.

This model also sports a high-efficiency brushless motor that promises chain speeds up to a blistering 25 meters per second. To put that in perspective, that’s faster than the Husqvarna 460 Rancher which is a staple in the farm and ranch category but only reaches chain speeds of about 65 feet per second.

Setting Up

Setting up the CS2000 was straightforward. The oil tank, which is cleverly designed with a translucent side, allowed me to easily gauge the oil level—a small but significant feature that adds convenience. Adjusting the chain tension is simple with the included tools. The ‘scrench’—a combination wrench and screwdriver—is particularly useful for on-the-go adjustments. The bar nuts and retention system are well-designed, with captured nuts that stay attached to the cover, preventing loss during maintenance.

Close-up view of the EGO CS2000 chainsaw's bar and chain, highlighting the "FARM & RANCH

The bar nuts and retention system are well-designed, with captured nuts that stay attached to the cover, preventing loss during maintenance. Fitting the 6.0Ah battery, which is recommended for optimal performance, was a breeze. The battery slid snugly into the compartment, and a quick check on the LCD display confirmed it was fully charged and ready to go.

Performance in Action

The real test came when I started cutting through the downed oak. The CS2000 powered through the wood effortlessly. One feature that stood out was the full chisel chain design, which is crafted for quick, clean cuts. Indeed, the chainsaw lived up to this design, slicing through the wood much faster than the semi-chisel chains I’ve used in the past.

 EGO CS2000 electric chainsaw actively cutting through a large fallen log

I was particularly impressed with the chain speed—82 feet per second is no joke, and you can really feel that power when you’re cutting. The bucking spikes provided excellent leverage, making it easy to guide the saw through large chunks of wood without much kickback.

Battery Life and Efficiency

EGO CS2000 20-Inch Chainsaw cutting through log with cookie log

Throughout my test, the battery life was commendable. I managed to get about 39 cuts through thick sections of the oak before the battery needed a recharge. While this didn’t reach the claimed 135 cuts on smaller 6×6 posts, it’s still impressive given the size and wetness of the oak I was dealing with.

Safety and Ergonomics

Person trying the chain brake of EGO CS2000 20-Inch Chainsaw

The CS2000 comes equipped with an auto chain brake and a manual kickback brake, enhancing safety during operation. The ergonomics are spot on—the chainsaw is balanced, not too heavy, and easy to handle, reducing fatigue during extended use.

Additional Features Worth Mentioning

Digital Display

A standout feature of the EGO CS2000 is its digital display. This intuitive interface is particularly useful for monitoring the speed settings and battery life, ensuring you can keep track of the saw’s operation with ease while working. This allows for efficient management of your cutting tasks, maximizing productivity without the need to stop and check the battery manually.

 EGO CS2000 20-Inch Chainsaw LED Display

LED Work Light

As the light fades, the built-in LED work light becomes an invaluable feature. It illuminates the cutting area effectively, which not only enhances safety but also accuracy in low-light conditions. This thoughtful addition ensures that the chainsaw is as effective at dusk as it is in daylight, providing visibility when you need it most.

 EGO CS2000 20-Inch Chainsaw  Work Light

Weather Resistance

Durability is a critical aspect of any outdoor power tool, and the EGO CS2000 excels with its IPX4 rating for weather resistance. This rating ensures that the chainsaw can withstand splashes of water from all directions, meaning sudden changes in weather will not interrupt your work. It’s reassuring to know that a little rain won’t damage the tool, enhancing its versatility across different working environments.

 EGO CS2000 20-Inch Chainsaw in the wooden table

Pricing

At $299 for the bare tool, the CS2000 is competitively priced, especially considering its features and performance. If you need the battery and charger, the total cost rises to about $500, which is still reasonable for what you get.

Maintenance Tips For EGO CS2000 20-inch Chainsaw

  1. Regular Cleaning: After each use, clean the saw to remove dirt, debris, and sawdust that can accumulate and hinder performance. Pay special attention to the air intake vents and the chain drive area.
  2. Chain Maintenance: Regularly check the chain tension and adjust as necessary to ensure it isn’t too tight or too loose, which can affect cutting efficiency and safety. After several uses, the chain will stretch and need more frequent adjustments. Sharpen the chain when it starts to dull to maintain cutting performance.
  3. Bar Care: Rotate the bar regularly to promote even wear and extend its life. Inspect the bar for signs of wear or damage and replace it if necessary.
  4. Battery Care: Always remove the battery when the chainsaw is not in use. Store the battery in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Avoid leaving the battery on the charger once it’s fully charged.
  5. Lubrication: Ensure the chain oil reservoir is filled with appropriate chain oil before each use. Check the oil level frequently and top it up if necessary to keep the chain well-lubricated during cutting operations.
  6. Inspect and Replace Worn Parts: Regularly inspect your chainsaw for any worn or broken parts, such as the sprocket, chain catch, or safety features. Replace these parts as needed to ensure safety and efficiency.
  7. Firmware Updates: For models with digital displays and connectivity features, check for firmware updates that might enhance the functionality or address issues.
  8. Storage: When not in use, store the chainsaw in a clean, dry place. If storing for an extended period, clean the chainsaw thoroughly, remove the battery, and cover it to protect it from dust and moisture.

Final Thoughts

The EGO CS2000 is a robust, efficient, and powerful chainsaw that stands out in the electric chainsaw market. It cuts with the power of gas but with the convenience and environmental friendliness of a battery. Whether you’re cleaning up after a storm or handling regular tree maintenance, this chainsaw is up to the task. Highly recommended for anyone looking to transition from gas to electric without sacrificing performance.

FAQs

  1. What is the recommended battery for the EGO CS2000 Chainsaw?
    It’s recommended to use a 6.0Ah battery to optimize performance, although other EGO POWER+ 56V ARC Lithium™ batteries are also compatible.
  2. How does the EGO CS2000 handle overheating?
    The patented ARC Lithium™ design of the battery prevents overheating by dispersing heat, allowing the equipment to run longer at full power.
  3. What are the safety features of the CS2000?
    The chainsaw features an omnidirectional auto chain brake and a manual kickback brake to enhance safety during operation.
  4. Does the CS2000 have a variable speed control?
    Yes, it includes variable speed control, allowing adjustments to the cutting speed depending on the task.
  5. Can the chain speed be monitored and adjusted?
    The digital display on the CS2000 allows for monitoring and adjusting the chain speed as well as checking the battery’s charge status.
  6. What is the bar length of the CS2000 and what are its capabilities?
    It has a 20-inch bar and chain capable of handling large branches, stumps, and trees, making it suitable for more demanding cutting tasks.
  7. Is the EGO CS2000 weather-resistant?
    Yes, the chainsaw is IPX4 rated, meaning it can withstand water splashes and operate in light rain.
  8. What is the chain gauge and pitch for the CS2000?
    The chainsaw uses a .050-inch gauge chain with a 3/8-inch pitch.
  9. How does the LED work light function?
    The LED work light, which has a low and high setting, illuminates the cutting area effectively, especially useful in low-light conditions.
  10. What are the warranty terms for the CS2000?
    The chainsaw comes with a 5-year tool warranty and a 3-year warranty for the batteries, providing substantial coverage against defects.

I hope this review sheds some light on the capabilities and features of the EGO CS2000 Chainsaw! Whether you’re a seasoned woodcutter or just getting started with yard work, I’d love to hear about your experiences. Do you have a favorite chainsaw? Or maybe some tips for fellow enthusiasts? Drop your thoughts and any questions in the comments below, and let’s keep the conversation going. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends and fellow tool lovers!

David Murray
David Murray
Forestry Author

I'm David Murry, a forestry equipment specialist with a focus on chainsaw operation. With over 13 years of experience, I've honed my skills in operating and maintaining a wide range of machinery, from chainsaws to log splitters. My passion for the outdoors and commitment to sustainable forestry drive my work, which emphasizes safety, efficiency, and staying updated with industry advancements. Additionally, I'm dedicated to sharing my expertise and promoting environmental awareness within the forestry community.

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